Archive for the 'Absurd' Category

Only in America: eBay Seller Sues Over Negative Feedback

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

GavelSo you’re an eBay seller and have received negative feedback from a customer. You do what you can to resolve the problem, but the buyer refuses to remove the feedback. What can you do? Well, if you’re in the United States then you file a lawsuit. The seller, Med Express, is suing the the buyer, Amy Nicholls, for slander.

I’m on the buyer’s side, although I probably would have only given a “neutral” rating. Having to make a trip to the post office to pay postage due is a always a pain.


Update (2013-04-19): Because of all the publicity, the lawsuit is being dropped. But research shows that Med Express has a history of doing this.

The 2012 Ig Nobel Awards

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

ScientistThis year’s Ig Nobel prizes were awarded on September 20th. Here are some of the winners:

  • Peace Prize: The SKN Company, for converting old ammunition into diamonds.
  • Neuroscience Prize: Craig Bennett, Abigail Baird, Michael Miller, and George Wolford, for showing that false positives will occur naturally in fMRI tests—by demonstrating meaningful brain activity in a dead salmon.
  • Literature Prize: The US Government General Accountability Office, for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.
  • Anatomy Prize: Frans de Waal and Jennifer Pokorny, for discovering that chimpanzees can identify other chimpanzees individually from seeing photographs of their rear ends.
  • Medicine Prize: Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti, for advising doctors who perform colonoscopies how to minimize the chance that their patients will explode.


Posting Pictures Online of Your Debit Card is a Bad Idea

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

ThiefHere at Chad’s News, we have an entire category devoted to stupid criminals, but here’s an example of people just begging to be stolen from, primarily because of their inexperience with debit/credit card security. These people (mostly teenagers) have been posting pictures of their debit cards to social media sites, giving criminals everything they need to use the cards fraudulently. An unknown person, in an apparent effort to draw attention to the problem, has created a Twitter feed, @NeedADebitCard, that re-tweets such pictures.

(via Kim Komando)

The 2010 Ig Nobel Awards

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

ScientistThis year’s Ig Nobel prizes were awarded on September 30th. Once again it was a fairly weak field, but here are some of the better ones (see the linked article for the full list):

  • Management Prize: Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda, and Cesare Garofalo of the University of Catania, Italy, for demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random. [Related: The Peter Principle]
  • Peace Prize: Richard Stephens, John Atkins, and Andrew Kingston of Keele University, UK, for confirming the widely held belief that swearing relieves pain.
  • Medicine Prize: Simon Rietveld of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Ilja van Beest of Tilburg University, The Netherlands, for discovering that symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller-coaster ride.

(via Slashdot)

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Friday, October 15th, 2010

EnvironmentScott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, decided to build an environmentally friendly house. What he didn’t realize was just how difficult that would be. In the linked article, he discusses the problems he encountered as well as some of the lessons he learned.

(via Slashdot)

Pork vs. Unicorn

Monday, July 19th, 2010

AbsurdThe news is not that ThinkGeek is selling a parody product called Canned Unicorn Meat. Nope, the news is that the National Pork Board, owner of “the other white meat” slogan, took it seriously enough to send a cease and desist letter over the phrase, “the new white meat.”


Why Expensive HDMI Cables Don’t Make Sense

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

DigitalIn the older, analog world of video, any degradation in the signal due to cheap cabling would cause a corresponding degradation in the picture. So super-high-quality, gold plated, and hideously expensive cables made a certain amount of sense. But in the digital world, you can have a severe amount of signal degradation without any loss in picture quality. The $6.00 cable really is just as good as the $250.00 cable. In fact, you may see more degradation from your cable or satellite provider than you’ll ever get from cabling.


The Curious Case of the Reappearing Scurvy

Monday, March 15th, 2010

DoctorScurvy is a potentially fatal illness caused by a lack of vitamin C. Historically it was a problem for sailors, who went out to sea for long periods on a restricted diet. The cure (eating citrus fruit, fresh meat, etc.) has been known since at least the 15th century, but in a tragic comedy of errors this fact was repeatedly forgotten, misapplied, or misunderstood. It wasn’t until 1932 that vitamin C was identified and definitively shown to be the “cure” for scurvy. The linked article explains the long history, with special emphasis on Robert Falcon Scott’s disastrous Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole.

(via Neatorama)

Korea’s Imaginary Wall

Monday, February 8th, 2010

WallFrom the article: “North Korea’s New Year’s wish of seeing the destruction of a massive concrete wall dividing the Korean peninsula never seems to come true — mostly because there is no such barrier.”


Man Sues Neighbor For Using an iPhone

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

TransmitterA man who claims he is sensitive to electromagnetic radiation is suing his neighbor for using her iPhone at home.

(via Kim Komando)

2009 Darwin Awards

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

AbsurdThe 2009 Darwin Awards are out, and the winners are two bank robbers killed by crushing debt. Here at Chad’s News, we think one of the runner-ups (dying to go) was more deserving, but the judges were obviously swayed by the rare phenomenon of having two people remove themselves from the gene pool with a single action.

(via Neatorama)

California State Gov’t Devises Method To Get Blood From Turnips

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

GovernmentAstute Chad’s News readers already know that the State of California has severe financial problems, and that its politicians are desperately looking for ways to make ends meet. Their latest idea is to increase tax withholding by about 10 percent. Note that they’re not actually increasing the tax rate, just the amount that is withheld by employers. In essence, this forces California citizens to give short-term, interest-free loans to the state.

Here in Colorado, our finances, while a bit strained, are not even close to being as bad as California’s—primarily because of the TABOR amendment which put serious curbs on the expansion of government spending.

Thanks to Ciro for this link.